Too Weird to Live

Too Weird to Live, and Too Rare to Die - Hunter S. Thompson

We made some more nerdcore rap with everybody’s favorite clone of a mutant supervillain. Also a video. Let’s talk about that.

Hey folks, Jared here with the post-game on our recently-released EP and music video, Leaving Las Vegas. Quinn and I have been working with Kielen King for awhile now on a follow-up to our Enter Kid Apocalypse mixtape and Rose City tracks. The Re:Genesis album is still in the works, but we figured that we should put out a sample of what we have coming to coincide with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse – hence, the Leaving Las Vegas EP.

Leaving Las Vegas blurs the line between the character of Kid Apocalypse and Quinn himself, as well as that between fan and performer. We were eager to get a video out in time to coincide with the new X-Men movie, so we went with a concept that would be simple enough to produce and finish within the week we had left before May 27th.

I was inspired by the end of David Lynch’s Lost Highway – the idea of an endless drive without destination, of events looping in on themselves, of being trapped in the illusion of movement, of progress, of change, when you’re really just running in place. The song itself is rife with references to Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, so between the influences of the book, the movie, the Lost Highway idea and the X-universe, we figured we could pull together something kinda neat.

Vikki Johnson helps Quinn Allan get into character

Vikki Johnson gets Kid Apocalypse all over Quinn’s face.

Vikki Johnson, getting Kid Apocalypse all over Quinn's face.

Possibly the most valuable aspect of getting folks to listen to us.

Getting right up in Kid Apoc's face.

Had to paint the lines a little higher than usual because somebody didn’t feel like shaving.

When we put out the call for X-Men cosplayers available for our ridiculously narrow window of time to shoot this thing, Casey Crespin and Alysse Fozmark were the ones to answer it. Our buddy Alysse had previously made it known that she had a Kitty Pryde costume ready to go, with her own sai and several options for Lockheed that we entirely forgot to get footage of. We met Casey a little while back in relation to his variety of Deadpool cosplays, so it was great to finally bring him into the gang for this shoot.

Alysse Fozmark as Professor K. Off-camera: three different purple dragon candidates for Lockheed that we forgot to shoot.

Alysse Fozmark as Professor K. Off-camera: three different purple dragon candidates for Lockheed that we forgot to shoot.

Casey Crespin as a conspicuously silent merc with a mouth.

Casey Crespin as a conspicuously silent merc with a mouth.

I got to ride shotgun as the Bad McCoy, AKA the Dark Beast. All of us were supposed to look wiped out from an unthinkable stretch of unknowable, Kick-fueled debauchery, but because my mask is smiling like a maniac and Deadpool’s mask has no mouth, Kitty Pryde is the only one getting that concept across. Didn’t really think of how that might read until after the first cut. Whoops!

Kick is the mutant drug introduced by Grant Morrison in New X-Men. We made a cruddy prop version for our Nightcrawlin’ video, so here it is again.

Kid Apoc looking paranoid while the Bad McCoy flashes his Kick.

Kid Apoc looking paranoid while the Bad McCoy flashes his Kick.

Other references in the video: Kid Apoc’s working the Raoul Duke impression from Fear and Loathing, that one’s pretty obvious. Dark Beast’s wearing a SHIELD t-shirt in reference to his death after turning the X-Men and SHIELD against each other. It’s also a bit of solidarity with Chloe Bennet of Agents of SHIELD calling out the split between Marvel’s TV and film divisions, which ties into the same creative conflicts of interest going on with the mutants in the comics due to the film side of things.

The island of Utopia (former Asteroid M and home base for the X-Men) gets a brief appearance, as played by my vacation footage of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, OR. I like how that turned out, would’ve been nice to get more little bits in like that. And by chance, Quinn’s glasses caught the red of the tail lights ahead of him several times in ways that made his eyes look as red as they should from a few artist’s renditions of him.

When his glasses caught the reflection of the tail lights ahead just right, it gave him a rad case of Terminator-eye.

When his glasses caught the reflection of the tail lights ahead just right, it gave him a rad case of Terminator-eye.

We’ve worked with Vikki Johnson and Johnny Buell on all our previous Kid A videos (as well as Jeff Hammond, who hung out for the shoot to provide valuable moral support), but this was our first one working with Lance Page. Both Lance and Johnny provided some gorgeous footage on this and made great use of the suction mount we rented from Gearhead. Lance’s time-lapse talents are legendary at this point so it was great to get some of it in this video.

Kid Apocalypse, Dark Beast, Deadpool, Kitty Pryde driving in time-lapse

Kid Apocalypse, Dark Beast, Deadpool, Kitty Pryde driving more in time-lapse

All in all, it was a fun shoot and fair enough excuse to hang out with everybody. Now we have the Raoul-Duke-Kid-Apocalypse-trapped-in-a-nineties-drug-movie fan film you never knew you needed to show for it. Hooray teamwork!

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